Leipzig (AP) - The CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has posed the power question at the party congress in Leipzig - and in the face of applause initially decided for themselves. The final passage of her speech on Friday:
"I do not want a weak team around me. Because a weak team is a team that weakens the party. We want the best and brightest minds in this party. And everyone should get involved. And if he takes a different view from me, that is living democracy. That's where we grow. And I want this union to grow, that we become stronger than we are today. "Big applause.
"I told you how I imagine Germany, how it could be, what I want for this Germany. I have told you what I am convinced of. I have told you what the way is, which I propose to you. I'm not kidding you. This will be a way that is not always easy. Who may also have setbacks.
But at this point I want to say one thing quite openly: If you think that this Germany, as I like it, is not the Germany that you imagine, if you think that this way I am want to walk with you, not the way you think is the right one - then let's say it today. And then let's end it today. Here and now and today.
But, dear friends, if you think that you want this Germany, if you think that we should go this way together, if you have the same desire for shaping and responsibility as I have, then, let's roll up our sleeves here and now and today and start. Thank you very much. »Roughly seven minutes of stormy applause from the standing delegates.